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Get Your Home in Order with the Brother P-Touch Label Maker

I'm a neat freak. I don't know if by nature, but definitely by nurture. Ever since college days as a fraternity pledge cleaning up the filth of other college aged boys (and some men) caused me to quickly develop a heightened sense of cleanliness and a distaste that borders on disgust for all things slovenly.

Maybe awareness even predates college. Maybe as a child I was being programmed to become neatness personified while I watched Odd Couple reruns with my mother. Felix Unger is alive and well inside me, particularly to my wife's chagrin, who prior to meeting me prided herself on being neat and clean. However when I get into cleaning mode, especially because I lecture while doing so, she's made it a point not to like me.

So when the good folks over at Brother offered, I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a Brother P-Touch Label Maker. My dad had the old school hand-press label maker way back whenever. But the Brother is an electronic gem that my father-in-law uses to keep his home office in order, and something I went overboard with organizing my office a couple of careers ago as a Community Relations Manager for a major book retailer.

But before this gizmo arrived at my doorstep something else came in advance. Just to give me an idea of what I was in for --- labels that would help me organize my life, specifically my garage, and be indestructible at the same time!

It was at this point that I had the opportunity to be one of those commercials that runs during a daytime soap opera. I'm not that dude although I do love Young & The Restless and As The World Turns. I could've rummaged through my house looking for red wine, grape jelly, dirt, something on the floor in my sons room and smeared it all over this label, sturdily affixed to a piece of plexiglass. Instead I rolled up my sleeves, dumped the Clorox into a bowl of water and got to cleaning. Either one of two things was going to happen. Either the print on the label would gradually scrub off or the label itself would become detached, or both.

Actually I was quite surprised that none of my predicted scenarios occurred especially given how hard I was scrubbing. This gives me a relief that my efforts to organize my garage won't be in vain once I get started on that monster that must be slain.

I know I spent a lot of time here addressing cleanliness over organization, but I believe the two go hand in hand, or rather being organized precedes being clean. After all you can't clean up a mess (unless it's trash) when you don't know where to put anything. In the parent/father/husband family lane dirt/messiness/any other related term is Clutter's most loyal henchman. With the Brother P-Touch Label Maker you have a fighting chance to send both of these bad guys packing. Stay tuned for updates on my effort to send these guys packing.

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product and gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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